Scientists at the University of Stuttgart have recently created an application with the use of a very tiny camera in relation to nano-technology which does give us a cool glimpse of what is to come in the future. Nano-technology is making some cool progress into the many facets of medical science to assist in the better diagnosis and treatment of diseases. What the researchers did in this field is that they created a three-lens image capturing device which is no larger than the width of two human hair put together. Furthermore, this device can then be injected into the blood stream.
Scientists Made a Camera That Can be Injected Into the Blood Stream
The incredibly tiny size of the camera is thanks to 3D printing technology. Its focal point is just 3-millimeters away from the lenses, and the overall width of the device is just 100-micrometers. This very tiny unit is very practical when it comes to medical procedures in which it requires deep down examination for the body. For instance, it can be used in flexible endoscopes that do not cause too much damage.
An even more extravagant use of this micro-camera would be to place it inside a syringe and deliver the device directly into the patient’s organ. It can even be delivered straight to the brain when done this way. Perhaps that would be a far-off thing, but it does not mean that the possibility of that ever happening is not, well, an impossibility. Nevertheless, injecting a person with this device directly into the brain is still deemed to be a long way into the future from it ever happening.
The scientists who have made the device are optimistic in that within the near term, the 3D printed optics will evolve even further, especially when talking about how it is manufactured. “The time from the idea, the optics design, a CAD model, to the finished, 3D printed micro-objectives is going to be less than a day. We are going to open potentials just like computer-aided design and computer-integrated manufacturing did in mechanical engineering a few years ago,” says Harald Giessen, one of the researchers on this project.
Even though this extremely miniature camera is not yet ready for commercial use, the scientists stated that they are on the path to doing so. They have already demonstrated the complete process, which did include the optical design of the product. The researchers even showed some sample images, as well as how the camera will be manufactured.
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